Graham Thomas Holmes
30 July , 1987 – 6 April , 2018
Graham was a West Coaster, with grandparents who were Islanders and parents who raised him in the Cowichan Valley. He graduated from Duncan Christian School, where his mother still teaches, and joined his best friend Jordan in a career with the RCMP, making his parents so proud.
After graduating Depot, Troop18, in 2009 Graham was posted to Masset, BC. Being there grew his love for fishing and being on the water. Two years later, Graham transferred to Shawnigan Lake to be close to his parents, as his father was ill and passed away shortly thereafter. It was while he was in Shawnigan Lake that he met Kelsey, the love of his life. Together they moved to Kugluktuk, Nunavut in 2016, where Graham served faithfully until he passed away in a tragic, off-duty snowmobile accident.
Graham was a true adventurer who packed full the 30 years he was given. He camped, fished, surfed and travelled – anything that got him outside and into the world around him. Graham dabbled in brewing beer and enjoyed spending time with friends, playing video and board games and liked exploring on ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles. Loyal, kind, with a quirky grin, and his father’s mischievous sense of humor, Graham was loved by all.
Graham – partner, son, brother, friend, Child of God – was greeted in Glory by his father, Gary. Graham is remembered, mourned and missed by his fiancée, Kelsey Foote, by his mother, Fern Holmes, brother and sister-in-law, Justin and Esther Holmes, as well as by a large extended family, friends and fellow members of the RCMP.
A Celebration of Graham’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at New Life Baptist Church, 1839 Tzouhalem Rd. Duncan BC. All are welcome to an informal gathering following the service and reception at the church. This will be held at the Duncan Community Lodge, 2244 Moose Road, Duncan BC from 4 pm onwards. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund in Cst. Graham Holmes name has been established at Island Savings, account # 2642940.